Mina Malik-Hussain

  • TAnother week, another man pretending to salvage his honour by cutting off his nose to spite his face. You’d think it was old hat by now, but nobody seems to learn! For the uninitiated: Muniba Mazari, wheelchair bound activist, has been sued for defamation by her husband. The details are ...

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  • TWondrous, beautiful brew, what would we do without you? How would we judge the character of another person, or bond with complete strangers, if it weren’t for your restorative deliciousness? Tea drinking came to us from China, as early as the third century AD, where it was used medicinally ...

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  • TWhat a really strange week has passed, and looks likely to continue, so we’ve chosen to cocoon ourselves a little with music. And like a proper old person who is also a teacher of English, I listen to the lyrics of the songs my children like and then loudly and pointedly comment on ...

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  • TI don’t work for a multinational and probably never will, which is just as well. In the tricky world of international brands, who knows what they really think of us poor developing nations, faithfully selling their products to our enormous and lucrative markets, what with an exploding retail ...

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  • TWe have entered the second winter of our discontent. Lahore hasn’t seen a blue sky for weeks, and what used to be the most glorious time of the year for the city has become a dreadful quasi-season of its own: smog. And not just any old bit-of-bad-air, but hazardous levels of toxic pollutants ...

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  • TSomeone—there is debate on whether it was Gandhi or not—once said “be the change you wish to see in the world”, and this week it feels like truer words were never spoken. Sunday saw this year’s Bargain Basement Sale, an annual charity bazaar that brings together ...

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  • TA filmmaker’s sister recently went to the hospital. The doctor who treated her subsequently sent her a friend request on Facebook, a gesture she found invasive and offensive. Her filmmaker sister tweeted about it, and since it was something to do with a woman (and not a maulana forcing ...

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  • TI’ve been thinking about what I will call the cyclical control of the desi parent. It’s a particular kind of desperation, combined with a power struggle and a healthy dash of guilt (the inducement of, that is). When I talk to young people, many are ruled by their parents, as many young ...

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  • TEver noticed how swear words are mostly designed to imply harm done to women? The most potent, nasty curse-words have nothing to do with the person in question, but a female relative of theirs who (in all likelihood) has nothing to do with the quarrel. Cursing is also seen as the exclusive province ...

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